Posted 17th May 2018 by Peter Byrne
It's well-known that spending time outdoors can be beneficial for both you and your wellbeing, with 56 per cent of Brits saying they enjoy time in the Great British outdoors
However, it's easy to forget many of us have our own outdoor spaces on our very doorstep. Tiger Sheds is therefore encouraging the nation to get into their back yard this Mental Health Awareness Week, with five simple tips on improving your mental health from your garden.
1 Find a personal space
The first step is getting out and reconnecting with the outdoors. Sitting in a quiet space has been found to have a similar impact to meditation, lifting the stress. Make the most of your garden's green space - it can be significantly more relaxing than hunting for a quiet spot in a busy park.
2 Get the family involved
Gardening is a fun activity for children as well as adults - why not get them to work alongside you, digging, planting and harvesting? It teaches them some key skills, including the importance of maintaining a garden, and communicating with the people they work alongside. It can also have a significant benefit on their sensory system, with the array of colours, aromas and textures improving their sense and imagination.
3 Working out
Use this down time as a chance to work out. An hour of light gardening can burn over 300 calories - you'll barely notice the workout, and the exercise helps your body to produce endorphins, which improve your mood and fight stress.
4 Soak up vitamin D
Being outdoors allows you to soak up the vitamin D that your skin needs. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to a number of problems, including obesity, diabetes, cancer, seasonal affective disorder and cardiovascular disease. Spending time outside gardening is a way of ensuring you get enough sunshine that can help you to improve your mood and health.
5 A sense of satisfaction
Gardening is one of life's most satisfying tasks. Starting a flower bed or vegetable patch from scratch provides a sense of ownership, especially as you get to see the fruits of your labour first hand.
Kiarna Benson from Tiger Sheds said: “Taking pride in your garden and spending some time outdoors can really help you to unwind. This Mental Health Awareness Week it is worth remembering that one of the best places for you to relax is right on your doorstep.”